Published: Jan. 31, 2019

A wellspring of activities will provide students, faculty and staff with many opportunities to learn how the university continues to engage the community at all levels to make excellence inclusive at CU Boulder.

Diversity and Inclusion Summit attendees talk in small groupsThe spring Diversity and Inclusion Summit will take place on Feb. 12 and extend the theme explored during the fall summit, “Intent vs. Impact: Improving Inclusive Interactions,” said Alaina Beaver, initiatives director of social climate strategy for ODECE.

“We’ll offer sessions designed to help participants ‘go deeper’ with this theme and provide practical, hands-on suggestions on how to be more inclusive,” she said. “We also want to give the campus community more opportunities to engage with the IDEA Plan.”

The IDEA, or Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics, plan is a blueprint of actions designed to promote diversity, improve equity for all underserved people at CU Boulder, and support making excellence inclusive for all at all levels of the university.

ODECE is also bringing two nationally known experts to CU who will lead the campus’s fifth round of Inclusive Pedagogy Workshops focused on diversity, student success and equity.

George Kuh, founding director, senior scholar and co-principal investigator at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, will lead inclusive pedagogy workshops Feb. 18–19. Kuh is a University of Illinois adjunct research professor and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. Kathy Obear, founder of The Center for Transformation and Change, is an organization development consultant and trainer who will lead workshops March 18–19.

Registration for the free workshops is required, and the events are open to all CU students, faculty and staff.

Starting Feb. 4, the Inclusive Pedagogy Community of Practice will meet every other Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Regent 1B86. These gatherings are an opportunity to deepen the practices of inclusive pedagogy. The first topic will be on high-impact practices, equity and the extension of concepts from the IDEA Plan into everyday practice.

A similar activity focused on workplace practices will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every other Wednesday starting Feb. 13 in Regent 1B86. The first topic at the Inclusive Workplace Community of Practice will touch on incorporating the goals of the IDEA Plan into personal workplace goals.